Lesson Tuition, Fees, Make-up Policy, Group classes

Suzuki private lessons are held Monday-Friday at the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA. Group classes are held at New England Conservatory in downtown Boston on Saturdays.

Tuition and Fees for September-June 2017-2018


$100 non-refundable deposit for returning students to hold your spot for the fall: due July 1st. An invoice for the fall will be sent to you in August. New students, please contact me directly.

$15 registration fee/family for each semester.

Private Lessons:

Tuition: $48/$72/$92 for 30/45/60 minutes respectively.

Fall Semester: Tuesday, September 5-Friday, January 26 (18 weeks)*

Fall payment is due in full by September 15 or in two payments on September 15 and November 15. Late fee of $25 will be applied after September 15 and after November 15. You may pay by check in person or send it in the mail to 13 Linden St, Apt 2, Somerville, MA 02143. Make checks payable to Angela Leidig.

Note: Monday students have 17 weeks of lessons for the fall the semester instead of 18 weeks due to holidays.  No lessons on Labor Day, (Monday, September 4), Columbus Day, (Monday, October 9) and Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day. Lessons will be given on Monday, November 20 and Monday, December 18 to make up for two of those holidays.

Thanksgiving Break: Monday, November 20: Regular lessons for Monday students to make up for Columbus Day. Tuesday, November 21-November 26: no private lessons or group classes

Holiday Break: No lessons Tuesday, December 19-Monday, January 1. Regular Monday lessons on Monday, December 18: make-up for New Year’s Day.

Winter/Spring Semester: January 29-May 22 (14-15 weeks)

Semester begins Monday, January 29.

No lessons Friday, February 2 due to Celtics Performance. Friday students will have 13 lessons for the semester.

No lessons for February break: Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23.

No lessons for April break: Monday, April 16-Friday, April. 20.

No lessons May 23-29 for Suzuki conference in Minneapolis. Wednesday-Thursday students will have 14 lessons for the semester. Friday students will have 13 due to Celtics Performance and
Suzuki conference which both fall on Fridays.

No lessons May 30-June 15. (I will be out of the country.)

Summer lessons begin June 18.

Summer lessons June-August: Exact weeks for lessons TBA 

Summer lessons begin June 18.

NEC SuzukiExplorers Camp: June 25-June 29 (no private lessons)

White Mountain Suzuki Institute at Ogontz, July 12-17 (no private lessons)


Tuition refunds will be prorated until the third lesson of the semester. There are no refunds after the third lesson of each semester.

Group Classes at NEC (required for students Books 1-4): Saturday, Sept. 16, Fall group classes begin. Suzuki violin group classes will be taught by Rachel Fabulich and Angela Leidig and are arranged by level/book. Two group concerts will be given during the year at the end of each semester with additional special concerts scheduled each year (i.e. Cartoon Festival at Symphony Hall and a performance of the Star Spangled Banner for the Celtics at the TD Garden.)

Suzuki group classes for Books 1-4 are held on Saturdays from September-June at the New England Conservatory in downtown Boston. Please register at  NEC prep registration page for group classes at the regular tuition amount.

NEC fall registration is open for group classes. Go to NEC Suzuki page for information about group times and click here for tuition and fee information. Register for a 45 minute Suzuki group class.

Pre-Twinkle/beginner class is at 9:15-10:00 am.

Book 1A at 11:00-11:45

Book 1B/2 at 11:00-11:45

Book 2 at 10:15

Book 3/4 at 9:15-10:00

Solo Recitals: Each student will be required to perform in solo recitals each semester. Recitals are crucial for musical development, progress and motivation. $15 per recital per student for space and accompanist fees.

Dates TBA

Alexander Technique Lessons:

15 minute Alexander Technique Lessons are available before your lesson if space allows: Cost is $15.

Make-up Policy

Students are given one make-up per semester with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice and if schedules allow. Students are encouraged to arrange a lesson swap if they know that they will be missing a lesson. Please give as much notice as you can to request a make-up or lesson swap.

Make-up lessons are for emergencies, sickness, if you know in advance you will be out-of-town or students who have a scheduled school concert or school trip.

In the event of an emergency cancelation, a make-up may be offered at the teacher’s discretion if an opening is available the week of the cancelation. If no opening is available that week, the lesson will not be made up.

Once a make-up lesson is scheduled it can not be rescheduled. A canceled make-up lesson will not be rescheduled.

In case of snow days canceled at my office, Skype or FaceTime lessons will be offered that day from my home. If I am teaching at my office and you can not make it due to weather, you may use your make-up lesson for the semester for that day.

Any teacher absences will be rescheduled.

Group classes are unable to be made-up in the event of a student absence.

All make-up lessons must be completed by the end of the semester. Any make-up lessons not completed by the end of the semester will not be applied to future semesters. In the event that a student cannot make any of the times offered for make-up lessons by the teacher, the make up lesson is forfeited.

I would love to offer more makeups, but my schedule is busy, and I cannot offer every student more than one make up so I kindly ask you not to request extra makeups. Thank you for the consideration!!

Lesson Expectations

Practice daily! Practice daily the assignments you are given each week. This is by far the best way to make progress and to enjoy learning to play the violin! (see practice model below)*

Listen daily to your Suzuki recording. Attend concerts, listen to lots of music and watch youtube videos of great artists. Listening builds pitch, rhythm, tone, musical expression, motivation and love for classical music. Much easier to learn new pieces when you are listening a lot! The music is already downloaded into the brain and ear.

Attendance and attitude! Arrive a little early for lessons and group to have time for snack, bathroom, washing hands, etc. Bring a bottle of water to the lesson. Cut your nails every week!

Parents must attend each lesson, group class and take notes. Your active presence and contribution is essential. No cell phones during the lessons including texting, calls, and reading; emergency use only please. Pictures and video recording welcome!

Summer lessons: taking some summer lessons is required. All your hard work and progress throughout the year is severely affected by taking too much time off. Recommended: take as many as you can! 4+ at least to keep you going. Attending summer music camps and institutes is a great way to make a lot of progress, have fun and get motivated!

*Practice model for success:

Practicing: Consistency is key for success. To build level and ability, gradually increase practice time. See if you are close to this model…if you are practicing above the recommended amount, keep it up! 🙂

5+ days a week (lessons and group classes do not count as practice) 6-7 days/week is the best.

Beginners work up to at least 30 min/day

Book 1 (year 2): 30-45 min/day

Book 2: 45 min/day

Book 3: 45-1 hour/day

Book 4: 1 hour plus+/day

Book 5: 1 hour-1 hour and 15 min+/day

Book 6: 1 1/2 hours+/day